The design for Little Wings is a close collaboration between Katrina Keshaw and Emma Morris. The design creates a home-like environment to inspire a sense of belonging and security for the children.
The teaching pedagogy of children constructing knowledge is reflected in the centre's layout of intimately scaled spaces around a central pod. This encourages the children to engage in various activities in calm and focused spaces.
The design speaks softly to the existing structures, while amplifying the relationship between the children and the outdoors. Children are able to explore the natural world, in particular the three prominent historic trees on the site. Little Wings is a sanctuary-like nest in the urban setting of Ellerslie, a canvas awaiting creativity and playfulness.
The design for Little Wings ECE, through close collaboration with Emma Morris Architecture, provides integral elements to facilitate open-mindedness and freedom. It speaks softly to the existing structures while amplifying the relationship between the children and the outdoors, in particular the three prominent historic trees on the site. It is a sanctuary-like nest in the urban setting of Ellerslie, a canvas awaiting creativity and playfulness.
Katrina Keshaw established Auckland based architectural design office Keshaw McArthur with Xuan McArthur Nguyen in 2014. The practice engages in the production of buildings, interiors, landscapes and furniture. It endeavors to explore the ever-changing relationship between architecture, people and the environment. Through experimentation, spontaneity and suggestion, they produce work that embodies a sense of place and exchange. Each project offers an opportunity to expand this dialogue while developing new interpretations of past building fundamentals.